Bring on the glitz and glamour – let’s brighten up a working morning with a little luxury, sparkle, glamour and elegance in a stunning stately home wedding venue shall we?

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Jonathon Watkins of Photoglow Photography sent me this beautiful collection of photographs which showcase his style and approach to shooting weddings. And I love it: this is what English Wedding blog is all about, embracing glamour and stunning imagery.

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The bridal shoot took place at Ellenborough Park, which is a luxurious stately home just outside Cheltenham. With a history dating back to the 1400s, Ellenborough Park is a fascinating and magnificent venue for weddings, and the perfect location for a wedding photo shoot!

wedding photography uk (9)I adore the scope and atmosphere of the wedding venue: the murals paint a picture of times gone by – and yet it’s easy to imagine the lords and ladies, even kings and queens, treading the same stairs as the bride and groom in the shoot.

wedding photography uk (32)What a stunning, elegant wedding dress. This is Papillon by Jenny Packham.

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The wedding is on Friday (can’t believe it’s nearly here!) so I must keep this brief – I’ve got orders of service to tie together and a house to clean before we go on honeymoon. I just thought I’d share with you some pictures of my very special hen day, organised by Maid of Honour extraordinaire Alexandra. Alexandra and I have been best friends for 19 years, and she really pulled out all the stops for an amazing day.

We began at the Natural History museum, one of my favourite London museums. After taxidermy, precious gems and earthquake simulations galore, we moved on to a surprise part of the day – which turned out to be afternoon tea at gorgeous Moroccan restaurant Momo. We then rounded the day off with cocktails near Piccadilly. I had a really wonderful time, and am so grateful to all my lovely friends who came along to celebrate with me.

The hens with Dippy the Diplodocus at the Natural History Museum

The museum’s Earth Gallery


facebookPlease tell me I’m not the only one feeling contemplative this week – as the seasons change I seem to have relaxed into a very mellow frame of mind! That’s not to say I’m feeling down: on the contrary, I have some plans for my little UK wedding blog which I’m quietly excited about.

As ever, I’ll be sharing my thoughts and ideas over on facebook first of all – I’ve started to use facebook to jot down ideas, feelings and thoughts – the kind of wedding ideas I’d share with friends first before publishing for the world to see… naturally, dearest reader, if you’d like to join me on facebook I’d love to have your company over there!

This is me.

Consider this little blog post your personal invitation to come and say hi on facebook, and see what’s in the pipelines for English Wedding!

Have a lovely day. Kick some leaves and jump in a puddle if you get a chance 🙂

Claire xx


Hello! How do you fancy being whisked away this morning? As I sit at my desk to write this wedding blog post I’m still dreaming of my holiday in Cornwall last month: golden sands, rich blue seas, sunshine and happy days with family… and I’m sat here with my chin on my hands, wishing I could be magically transported back to the seaside just for a little while longer!

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I have the next best thing. Especially in the world of weddings and blogs we all share, I have something wonderful for you this morning. Scroll through the pics, turn your imagination up full blast and imagine you too can feel the sand between your toes and the wind in your hair, hear the waves and enjoy the laughter of all your friends and family: join me and enjoy Leah and Glen’s wonderful wedding in Cornwall.

Thank you to Sarah of Green Photographic for submitting this gorgeous wedding for the blog. Watch out for super-pretty peony bouquets, sweet-as-ice-cream pink and cream cupcakes and a beautiful wedding wishing tree to inspire your own wedding day!

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Yesterday I featured Emma and Tom’s wedding on the blog, a sophisticated and beautiful wedding at Cheshire’s luxurious Arley Hall. Behind the scenes I was hoarding some of the lovely detail photos – wedding photographer Phil Drinkwater sent me so many I was absolutely spoilt for choice.

Cue a wedding inspiration board for any brides and grooms out there who are planning an elegant, light and summery gold theme for their day.

Wedding inspiration: summer golds

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Summer Gold wedding inspiration board with images by Phil Drinkwater Photography

Emma and Tom kept their summer wedding theme really light and elegant, which I love. Sometimes gold can be quite a heavy theme, and with stately homes like Arley Hall where there might be heavy gilded picture frames, gold chairs and dark decor it’s a nice trick to keep things bright and summery. Emma and Tom did it perfectly.


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I need you to do me a favour. I need you to scroll slowly through this wedding blog feature because I don’t want you to miss a thing. There’s something about Emma and Tom’s wedding that tugs at the old heartstrings… such emotion in the photos, it’s like every image is a really, really precious moment in time.

Maybe it’s just me feeling emotional. Maybe it’s the way I’ve just looked at the images. Maybe it’s incredibly sensitive and empathetic wedding photography from Phil Drinkwater. I’d love to know how this wedding blog post makes you feel!

wedding blog real weddings UK (7)Oh, and I also have to gloat (vaguely in the direction of Rock My Wedding blog) – because I got a wedding report from a groom. Charlotte featured a groom’s report a few weeks ago, and I was so jealous! When I saw that Tom had written his report of the wedding for me today, I was over the moon.

So with no further ado, I’ll hand over to Phil Drinkwater (images) and groom Tom (words) to share a very special wedding with you today. Enjoy!


Morning everyone, hope you’re all feeling amazing on this soggy, chilly Tuesday morning in September! Me too 😉 and I’m writing a lazy little blog post this morning to celebrate.

I have [counting…] sixteen gorgeous real weddings ready to share with you this month already – they’re really fab and there’s loads of ideas and really stunning themes to share with you, it’s so exciting! – but I’m going to keep you waiting for just one more day before I share the first one.

In the meantime I thought I’d tease you with an eclectic little collection of some of the fabulous weddings I’ll be sharing with you in September. Which is your favourite?

(I’ll be back in action with a proper wedding blog post tomorrow I promise!)

Claire xxx

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Wedding photography credit: Georgi Mabee


Wow. Where did summer go?! Surely we’re still in it… no? It’s really gone then? Oh dear.

I hope you all had a fabulous summer, wherever you went, whatever you’ve been up to, those of you busy planning for September weddings and those of you like my star bride Sally who’ve just got married. It does feel like we’ve had some lovely sunshine, good times and memories to cherish.

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Vicky and Neil's wedding on the Showcase: by Tux and Tales Photography

I just got back from a fortnight’s holiday in Cornwall. So if you’ve emailed me don’t worry – I’m getting there! I’m just catching up with all your comments on the weddings I’ve blogged and all the guest blog posts on here and on the English Wedding Showcase. I love this place – I love that there’s a community here even when I’m not. I love you for making English Wedding the wonderful blog it is.

Kate and Steve's wedding on the Showcase blog by Jenny & Keith McAvoy

Kate and Steve's wedding on the Showcase blog by Jenny & Keith McAvoy

Days to Go: 216


I recently wrote a check list post on my own blog and have scared myself! I was looking at the things that need to be done, and what I’ve actually achieved, and there’s more on the To Do List than on the Done List.

We have set a date, booked the church and the reception venue (after visiting 16 different venues!), I bought the wedding favours quite early on as they were in the sale on Confetti, and the cake topper was one of the first things I bought!

We have wedding insurance and booked a bus, ordered invitations and orders of service, reserved the suits, booked the DJ, cars, chair covers. We have table crystals and my wedding dress. I booked the hair dresser and made the labels for the tables where people sit.

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The bridesmaid dresses are ordered, mum has her outfit, we’ve paid for our honeymoon! (Exciting!) 

Are you ready for the To Do List?

  • Bridesmaids dress fitting
  • My dress fitting
  • The men’s fittings
Scottish wedding blog inspiration board by ARJ Photography

Scottish flavour and flair for you today ladies and gents with the final part of Andy and Bec’s wedding feature on English Wedding blog. We’ve had the marriage, the tears, the poppies, the speeches and the best men’s bums (in part two of the wedding blog). Now I’ll show you all those gorgeous details to inspire your own wedding day.

All of the photographs are taken by my lovely friend and English Wedding blog sponsor ARJ Photography.

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Scottish wedding blog inspiration board by ARJ Photography

Scottish wedding blog inspiration board by ARJ Photography

Andy and Bec’s wedding theme mixes soft pastel pinks and purples with a real flavour of Scotland.

  • table napkins are tied in baby pink ribbons
  • stationery is elegant with romantic calligraphy scripts
  • Bec wears an intricate hair accessory with pearls and crystal
  • Andy and his best men are in Scottish formal dress
  • Bec wears a beautiful dress with lots of romantic detail and her bridal shoes have more lovely pearls
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Dear blog… I’m sorry. I’ve strayed. I’ve found something else, fallen head over heels for a rival… it’s new and exciting, different and it’s taking up all my free time.

I’ve been hooked by Pinterest! And dearest English Wedding blog, while you’ll always be foremost in my heart (after all, I do love you in the deep and meaningful-est of ways) – I’m having a flirtation with Pinterest. Call it a crush.

Wedding blog pinterest feature (2) It’s shallow, I know – but this gorgeous little website is so very pretty and enchanting, it’s turning into a little bit of an addiction with me! I turn on the computer to blog something, I do a little research… I inevitably find a gorgeous creative wedding image I love, and I hit my little ‘Pin It’ button.

And we’re away. The addiction kicks in, the romance is back… I see what my friends have pinned, and my friends are fab so I repin their pins. I comment on their pins, and then I see the little heart icon on their boards and I click it. “I love this!” “Oooh so pretty!”


Morning everyone! We’ve more love from Scotland on the blog today, and it’s smiles all the way: if you’re easily shocked look away before we get to the bit where the best men raise their kilts… (I’m only joking)

There are some really beautiful wedding photos here: Andy and Bec had a beautiful wedding reception and it’s really great to see smiles on all the wedding guests’ faces – as well as the sheer delight from new husband and wife Andy and Bec.

real wedding blog (1)The wedding reception venue is Dunsley Hall Hotel in Kinver – a luxurious boutique hotel with a rich history and a commitment to the environment I really admire.

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real wedding blog (5)This is excellent: Andy, his dad and best men. They look great and stand so proudly – it makes for a striking wedding photograph.

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real wedding blog (7)There must be such pride in dressing formally the Scottish way! Andy and his Dad both had kilt pins and cufflinks from their own clan.

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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